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Fox Hosts Advised Against It. Trump Weighs In Anyway

It's a big day on Capitol Hill for the proceedings
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2019 7:56 AM CST
Updated Nov 19, 2019 7:15 PM CST
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National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testifies.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – President Trump on Tuesday weighed in on the resumption of impeachment hearings, though two Fox News hosts had advised him to refrain. "What is going on is a disgrace and it’s an embarrassment to our nation,” Trump told reporters, per the Hill. His Twitter feed also filled up with retweets defending him and ridiculing the proceedings. Fox's Brian Kilmeade and Laura Ingraham had separately advised Trump during their shows to stay above the fray, especially after Trump caused a ruckus with his impeachment tweets last week, report the Daily Beast and Mediaite. Also on Tuesday, Trump took some digs at Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, one of two morning witnesses. Coverage:

  • Morning takeaway: Both Vindman, a Ukraine expert with the NSC, and Jennifer Williams, a Mike Pence aide, reiterated to lawmakers that they were troubled by Trump's July phone call with Ukraine's leader, reports the AP. Both listened in on the call directly, and they stated similar concerns during their closed-door depositions. Vindman called it "improper" and Williams "unusual." Trump had previously criticized them both as "Never Trumpers" out to get him.
  • Trump on Vindman: "I don't know Vindman at all," said Trump. "I watched him for a little while this morning, and I think he—I’m going to let people make their own determination." Trump took note of Vindman's military attire. "I understand now he wears his uniform when he goes in," Trump said. He also made a somewhat sarcastic reference to how Vindman corrected the GOP's Devin Nunes for calling him "Mr. Vindman" instead of using his rank. "I understand someone had the misfortune of calling him mister," said Trump.
  • Trump on others: "These are names, like (William) Taylor, like (George) Kent with the bowtie, the wonderful bowtie. Maybe I’ll get one for myself one day,” Trump said, per the Washington Post. “All these people are talking about they heard a conversation of a conversation of another conversation that was had by the president. What is going on is a disgrace."

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